Late Night Art - December 6

Merry Christmas and happy festive season from Late Night Art. Enjoy a special Christmas opening at selected public galleries in Belfast. They open late on the first Thursday of December with exciting exhibitions, artist talks and some Christmas refreshments.  

Book tickets for the walking and coach tours, departing from the Naughton Gallery and the Belfast Exposed Gallery at 6.30pm. The perfect Christmas outing, with opportunities to find unique Christmas gifts and enjoy a bit of Christmas cheer with mulled wine and mince pies.

You can also check out the Late Night Art Photos stream on Flickr.

GladiARTors, December 6 -21. Opponents will go head to head with each other in an attempt to discover the Best Artist in Belfast. No artistic experience necessary- just the heart of a lion, the fight inside and the desire to win. Large soft Sculptures representing different Art-Forms and Art objects will be provided as weapons for GladiARTors on the night. Helmets and Protective gear also provided.Golden Thread Art Gallery, 84-94 Great Patrick Street, Belfast, BT1 2LU. Tel: 028 9033 0920

Souvenirs of The Grand Tour, November 29 - December 7. Following a world of a history unwritten El Mandrake has curated an exhibition of delectable delights. Souvenirs of The Grand Tour  is the culmination of adventure set along the travels of El Mandrake. He has brought together an eclectic world of the ingenious wonder of Steampunk in a collection of works on a scale the Island of Ireland has never seen before. Think of arts and crafts fused with the creative engineering of the Victorian age balanced with the needs of our modern culture and you will get a taste of what Steampunk is. Refound 7 Wellington Place, Belfast, United Kingdom.

WE, until December 7. WE is a group exhibition featuring selected works by local, national and international artists that explore issues surrounding identity through various mediums. Featuring artists Craig Cox, Kevin Gaffney,Cecilia Giménez ®, Anthony Luvera Brian J Morrison and Artur Zmijewski. Catalyst Arts, 5 College Court, Belfast. Tel: 028 9031 3303

Fellowship of the Faithless, until December 15. An art project which replicates forms and rituals of religious beliefs and fills it with new content. Not God is in the centre, but human responsibility, solidarity and mutual help, enacted and communicated through pamphlets, actions and performances. PS2 (Paragon Studios),18 Donegal Street, Belfast. Tel: 028 902 35912

John Luke A Hidden Archive, until January 20. The archive covers Luke’s entire career as an artist, from a number of watercolours painted in the mid-1920s, when he first began to study part-time at Belfast Art College, through to preparatory works for some of the large-scale mural commissions that dominated the last twenty-five years of his life.

The fascination of this archive is in its breadth of mood, style and period as well as its consistent demonstration of technical skill and imaginative power. It allows an intimate view of Luke at work, experimenting with ideas and thoughts, producing portraits of friends and quick watercolours of places that he loved, allowing insight into the design and preparation of many of his most famous and complex works.The Naughton Gallery at Queen's, Lanyon Building, Queen's University, Belfast. Tel: 028 9097 3580

Everyday Selves, until December 21. A group exhibition which focuses on the self-portrait in contemporary photography, looking specifically at new vernacular forms (proliferating through online platforms) and artists’ various responses.

Photography has become part of a daily, if not minute-by-minute, staging of the self. Portraits appear to have been eclipsed by self-portraits, that are in turn tweeted, posted, shared. When we look at a self-portrait we see a display of self-regard, self-preservation, self-revelation and self-creation. Everyday Selves aims to explore how photography and specifically the self-portrait, is increasingly integral, not only to our image, but to our sense of who we are. Belfast Retrospective, December 06. From the ordinary to the extraordinary, this exhibition focuses on photographs taken from the Archive of Belfast Exposed.
Presenting a collection of the most iconic, provoking and unseen images compiled over the last 30 years, Belfast Retrospective explores different aspects to Belfast's history and how it has changed throughout the years. Chosen from an archive of half a million images, these photographs provide an insight into everyday life throughout some of the city's most troubled times. All of the photographs chosen, from the political to the humorous, have a strong link to the city and can be distinctively placed as being taken in Belfast.
This exhibition was curated by Sarah Fulton, BX Volunteer. Belfast Exposed Gallery, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast. Tel: 02890 230965

A Christmas Trilogy, December 6 - January 27. An exhibition of contemporary jewellery. Artists, designers and makers were invited to create one-off or limited edition pieces in response to the title, with photographic documentation of the pieces being crafted. These images form part of the exhibition, displayed alongside the jewellery. Space Craft, 9b College Street, The Fountain Centre, Belfast. Tel: 028 90329342

Annual Members Christmas Show, until January 5. See an eclectic mix of original prints from the Belfast Print Workshop members. Not only the perfect place to get a unique Christmas gift, you will also be able to get the Christmas spirit with a glass of mulled wine and a tasty mince pie. Belfast Print Workshop, Cotton Court, 30-42 Waring Street, Belfast. Tel: 028 9023 1323

50/50 Christmas, Creative Exchange Artist Studios, December 6 -28. An exhibition of work by artists Deirdre Robb and Lesley Cherry to celebrate the festival's special anniversary. They have created 50 new works centred around their interpretation of relationships and city life. Conceived as a twist on the popular television series 'Sex and the City', the exhibition promises to be both thought-provoking and exciting, exploring themes of urban life, sex, shoes, stories, cocktails, friends and fun. Creative Exchange Artists Studios, Unit b5, Portview Trade Centre, 310 Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 1HE. Tel: 02890452299.